A team of Australian National University engineers, led by Dr. Neeraj Lal, have created a nanostructure with unique light properties. Its natural prototype was the wings of the Morpho Didius butterfly, covered with small cone-shaped protrusions. Thanks to them, the wings scatter light, causing a bright iridescence - a uniquely beautiful iridescent blue glow.
The engineers managed to obtain an artificial analogue of the nanostructure of a butterfly's wing, with the help of which they were able to precisely control the direction of light during experiments.
According to the researchers, this light effect could lead to innovative solutions, such as stealth technology, or the creation of unusual materials in architecture.
Morpho Didius butterfly wing structure
According to Niraj Lal, the technology will find application in several directions, including more efficient solar panels. Over time, with its help, researchers will learn to make opaque objects transparent and even invisible.
Structures may appear in architecture to control and regulate the amount of light and heat through windows.